The Mummy Director Alex Kurtzman Is Still Optimistic About Dark Universe

Posted 2017/06/11 0 0

The Mummy has a big chance to flop at the domestic box office, however, the movie's director is really optimistic about the future of Dark Universe.


“The Mummy” was supposed to launch Universal’s Dark Universe, but it opened to largely negative reviews and a disappointing performance at the box office. This project did not get the Dark Universe off to a strong start critically, though, with just a 17% score on Rotten Tomatoes and the movie opened domestically decently with $32.2 million. Nevertheless, in an interview with THR, director Alex Kurtzman doesn’t appear worried by the reception his big-budget version of The Mummy, and whether it will affect the future of the franchise going forward. He says:

“I think that variety is going to be our good friend when it comes to the evolution of Dark Universe. You obviously want to set a somewhat consistent tone, so that people know what to expect when you see these movies, but it would be ideal for each movie to have its own identity, which is largely going to be dependent on who is directing the films and who is starring in the films. I’m really excited to see what Bill Condon does with Bride of Frankenstein.”

Kurtzman certainly is justified in his excitement and confidence in Beauty and the Beast helmer Bill Condon, since the filmmaker’s career breakout came with Gods and Monsters, a 1998 drama (which earned the Condon a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar) that examined the complex life of director James Whale (Ian McKellen) while he was making The Bride of Frankenstein. Saying Condon’s The Bride of Frankenstein is “in many ways different from Mummy and in some ways it’s similar,” Kurtzman believes that the filmmaker’s intrinsic understanding of the material going is going to connect with fans. He says:

“This is a guy who did Gods and Monsters, which is one of my favorite films ever. He uniquely understands James Whale and what those monsters represent and Frankenstein’s Bride. I want it to feel like a Bill Condon movie. As an audience member that’s what I would want, and I would apply that to all of our films.”